ABA Approves Changes to CLE Model Rule, Adding Substance Use, Mental Health Requirement
In February 2017, the ABA House of Delegates approved Resolution 106 amending the ABA Model Rule for Minimum Continuing Legal Education which includes a requirement for lawyers to receive at least one hour of mental health or substance use disorder programming every three years. It also calls for one hour of diversity and inclusion programming every three years. The Resolution was sponsored by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Law Practice Division.
CLE Credit for Lawyer Wellness in Wisconsin
IL Supreme Court Mandates Mental Health, Substance Use and Diversity CLE
See a Comparison of Jurisdiction Rules to ABA MCLE Model Rule by State for developments on this rule.
ABA Approves New Policy - Limits Use of Mental Health-Related Inquiries for Bar Admission
On August 3rd, 2015, the House of Delegates approved Resolution 102 which calls for character and fitness questions to address conduct rather than treatment or diagnoses when inquiring into an applicant's mental health history.
Access the ABA Commission on Disability Rights Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities resources for state-by-state information on character and fitness questions related to mental health diagnoses.